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Abbas makes Arab aid appeal, sees risk to UN statehood bid

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Monday appealed for Arab financial support to help the Palestinians deal with "pressures and threats from Israel and its allies" which he said were a risk to his plan to seek UN approval for statehood in September.
The Palestinian Authority faces a financial crisis which forced it to cut wages by half in July. Policymakers have identified a shortfall in Arab aid as the main cause.Writing in the Saudi newspaper Al-Watan, Abbas said the Palestinians faced pressure from Israel and its allies to prevent them from seeing through their planned diplomatic action at September's General Assembly meeting in New York.
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